Vladimir Ashkenazy

(b. 1937) Russian-born pianist

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(b Gorky, 1937).

Russ.‐born pianist and conductor. Winner Queen Elisabeth Prize, Brussels, 1956; joint winner (with John Ogdon) Tchaikovsky comp., Moscow 1962. Toured USA 1958. London début 1963. Settled in Eng., but in 1968 went to Iceland (became cit. 1972). One of finest pianists of post–1950 generation. Salzburg Fest. début 1981. Made cond. début 1969, Brit. cond. début 1977. Mus. dir. RPO 1987–94, prin. cond. Berlin Radio SO 1988–96, chief cond. Czech PO 1998–2003. Pubd. (with J. Parrott) Ashkenazy: Beyond Frontiers (London, 1984). Prin. cond. NHKSO from 2004.

Subjects: Music — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

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